Frequently Asked Questions and Owner Info
Under which circumstances should horses NOT get Bodywork?
Contraindications for Bodywork are fever, cancer or tumours, acute injuries like broken bones etc., viruses or diseases, fungal or skin problems, open wounds or lesions as well as heat or swelling. If there are any doubts concerning the health of the horse, please refer to a veterinarian.
Can Bodywork influence injury recovery or support the relief of chronic pain?
Equiflow Equine Bodywork is a non-diagnostic and non-invasive modality to provide optimal support for healthy horses and enhance their overall performance. However, research has shown that Bodywork as part of the injury recovery process can increase the chance of full recovery and decrease the risk of developing complications from those injuries later on. Horses on box rest can in general greatly benefit from Bodywork to aid circulation, prevent stiffness and improve psychological well-being. But, please note that if your horse has been treated by a vet for any reason it is important to get clearance before booking a session as I can only practise on injured horses with the approval from a vet.
Equine Bodywork will benefit horses with chronic pain, for instance Arthritis, to relief muscles that are tender due to overuse through posture compensation. It is important to understand though, that Bodywork can not heal the cause, only make the horse more comfortable in its condition and that vet approval is required before working on the horse.
Do I have to be present during the whole session?
Once I know the horse, I am also happy to work on my own if you are busy. Of course you are welcome to stay and watch too.
What if my horse kicks, rears or bites?
I am happy to have a go with every horse but if I feel like I can not perform the body work safely I may decline working on the horse.
Should the horse be worked after the session?
Easy and light exercise is highly recommended after the Bodywork but do not plan an intensive course etc. after session. Depending on the areas of concern I may recommend various exercises. If no owner or handler is present after the session, I am happy to lunge, walk or ride the horse additional charge.
When will I notice an improvement in my horse?
That very much depends on the horse and its condition. Some horses show improvement straight after the session and others take a few sessions. It is even possible for horses to experience mild post-soreness and stiffness when they are worked on for the first time. It pretty much works like exercise if you are not used to it you will be sore for a couple of days. That is also why I recommend not to schedule your first session any closer than two weeks to a show or clinic.